Poultry Blog - My Chicken Diary

My day to day diary

Chickens Eating Chickweed

Cleaning and Feeding Hens

Cleaning the coop is a weekly 10 minute job but the run takes a few hours every few months. The thin eggs problem sorted and the hens are now getting their treats again along with their feed.

Red Fox

Watch Out – There’s a Fox About

Most of us rarely see a fox and they tend to be dead on the side of the road. In my whole life, I can only recall seeing a fox twice. That doesn't mean they're not about though. Foxes are shy and elusive creatures. Because we don't see them, we might think there aren't any around. But they are around.

poultry books

Poultry Keeping Books Clearance

A surplus stock clearance of poultry keeping books including incubation, hatching and rearing, starting with ducks, starting with turkeys, starting with geese and organic poultry. When they're gone, they are gone.

Chickens on ground

Training Chickens, Pasture Maintenance & Thin Eggs

You can train your chickens a bit! Fixing the pasture run that they've left bare after the winter and a thin egg problem. Solutions for thin eggs.

compost feeding chickens

Alternative Ways of Feeding Chickens

I've been researching alternative feeding regimes for hens using food and garden waste. Whilst not being of interest to big commercial producers, these systems make a lot of sense for smallholders and home keepers to consider.

Hen in snow

More Snow, Egg Production Up

Well Thursday's snow caused consternation in the flock who sent Chocky down to check things out before following her. Egg production on the increase as the days are getting longer. No news is good news on the Avian flu front.

Chicken Run in the Snow

Chickens in a Cold Winter

It's pretty cold here at the moment, -8 C last night, which means we have to help our hens cope with the cold winter. It's a bit of extra work but not too much and anyway they're well worth it.

Hens Working in Veg Plot

Making the Hens Work for a Living!

Taking a lead from alternative farmers whose chickens are workers in an integrated pasture management system. Hens can be a real help on a veg plot and for keeping a lawn in tip top condition,

Treat Time

Eggs and Feeding Hens Better

For maximum egg production hens require maximum nutrition - balanced feed designed to pack in as much as possible. Layers pellets or mash do this but is it right to feed them like that?

Chickens Eating Microgreens

No Excitement – Avian Flu Update

It's all routine at the moment, which suits me fine. After losing Bob we don't want any more drama. A brief update on the current Avian Flu situation.